Poland news

Smuda axes trio from squad

Poland cut Jodlowiec, Kucharczyk and Glik

ESPN staff

Franciszek Smuda has named his final 23-man squad© MUSTAFA OZER/Getty Images

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has axed midfielder Tomasz Jodlowiec, striker Michal Kucharczyk and defender Kamil Glik from his final 23-man squad for Euro 2012.

The trio were not expected to make the cut and it was no surprise when Smuda announced their exclusion the day after Saturday's 1-0 friendly win against Slovakia.

"It was really painful to tell three players they will not participate in the finals," Smuda said on Polish national television. "Saturday was very difficult for me. We played a friendly and I was praying the whole game that none of my players would get injured.

"Then, in the evening, I had a meeting with my assistants, captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and with the three guys. I understand they are disappointed, but two months after the EURO finals we start our World Cup qualification campaign, so they can be back if they make progress."

On Monday the squad returns home for two days of rest from Poland's training camp in Austria. They reconvene on 31 May and play Andorra in Warsaw on June 2, their last warm-up game before facing Greece in the opening match of the finals six days later. Czech Republic and Russia are also in Poland's group.

"All four (in the group) have a chance, but Russia is the favourite. The first match against Greece will set the pace," Smuda said.

Poland squad:

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV Eindhoven), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia Bialystok)

Defenders: Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Marcin Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan), Sebastian Boenisch (Werder Bremen), Damien Perquis (Sochaux)

Midfielders: Eugen Polanski (Mainz), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre), Adam Matuszczyk (Fortuna Duesseldorf), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Ludovic Obraniak (Bordeaux), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Rafal Wolski (Legia Warsaw)

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Sobiech (Hanover), Pawel Brozek (Celtic)


To comment, you must be a registered user. Please Sign In or Register